Saturday, May 18, 2013

0 MLB Power Rankings, May 18

By Kenny Howell

I'm a few days late on my power rankings this week, so there will be a lot of changes. The team name will be followed by their record and what they were last week in the rankings.

1. Texas Rangers (27-15) (2) - Been hanging around the top all year, but now have taken the top spot in the rankings. Top five in hitting and pitching and top 10 in defense.

2. Cincinnati Reds (25-17) (5)  - Reds are finally heating up like they should have all season. Look poised to challenge the Cardinals at the top of the division.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates (25-17) (8) - Pirates are also playing good baseball right now. Top 10 in pitching and second in the MLB in defensive efficiency.

4. Cleveland Indians (23-17) (12) - The Indians have won seven of their last 10 and look like a team to challenge the Tigers in the AL Central.

5. St. Louis Cardinals (27-14) (11) - Currently have the best record in baseball thanks to a great pitching staff. Still need to improve at the plate and in the field to sustain it over the season.

6. Atlanta Braves (23-18) (1) - The Braves have just won four of their last 10, and are sinking after their hot start.

7. Detroit Tigers (23-17) (4) - Also dropping a bit after just winning four of their last 10.

8. Boston Red Sox (25-17) (7) - Red Sox are trying to stay afloat after all their injuries.

9. Baltimore Orioles (23-18) (3) - Orioles have dropped three straight, and their pitching staff is now in the bottom third of the MLB.

10. Arizona Diamondbacks (24-18) (10) - Giants are slipping, so the Diamondbacks are trying to take over the NL West.

11. New York Yankees (26-16) (15) - I still don't buy the Yankees, but they are playing well. However, their bats are cooling off a bit. Pitching is getting better, defense is still bad.

12. Tampa Bay Rays (21-20) (24) - The Rays are finally playing the way they should have all season, and are over .500. Gonna make the crowded AL East more crowded.

13. San Francisco Giants (24-18) (14) - Giants pitching and defense raising a bit of a concern.

14. Kansas City Royals (20-18) (9) - Ah, here are the real Royals. They are coming back to reality now, losing seven of their last 10.

15. Washington Nationals (23-19) (13) - If they can keep Bryce Harper from running into walls, they are going to challenge the slipping Braves.

16. Colorado Rockies (22-20) (6) - The Rockies are freefalling, losing seven of their last 10.

17. Seattle Mariners (20-22) (22) - Mariners are second in the MLB in pitching and top five in defense. Keeping them out of the cellar.

18. Chicago Cubs (17-24) (21) - Cubs have won six of their last 10, and are top 10 in pitching, top five in defense. Hitting is getting better.

19. Oakland Athletics (21-22) (16) - Once near the top, the As are sinking, losing seven of their last 10.

20. Philadelphia Phillies (20-22) (18) - The Phillies are top five in defensive efficiency, and bottom five at the plate.

21. Chicago White Sox (19-21) (23) - Top 10 in pitching and defense are keeping the White Sox average. Second to last in hitting.

22. San Diego Padres (18-23) (19) - Best defense in baseball. Bottom five in pitching and hitting.

23. Milwaukee Brewers (16-24) (17) - At one point in time, the Brewers had won nine in a row. Now, they have last eight of their last 10.

24. New York Mets (16-23) (20) - Mets slipping back to the bottom after losing seven of their last 10.

25. Toronto Blue Jays (17-25) (25) - Basically got a bunch of talented handed to them, but haven't put it together yet. Second to last in pitching, despite getting the Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey, added to the roster this season.

26. Los Angeles Dodgers (17-23) (29) - Dodgers playing just below average, winning only four of their last 10.

27. Minnesota Twins (18-20) (27) - Twins are bottom 10 in hitting, pitching and defense.

28. Los Angeles Angels (15-27) (26) - You have Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout in the same lineup and you can only manage to win 15 games.

29. Miami Marlins (11-31) (28) - Marlins are in a battle for last with the Astros...

30. Houston Astros (11-31) (30) - ...but the Astros losing on a walk off error last night gives them that extra edge.

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